The Western Dakota Tech Foundation offers over 30 individual scholarships! Some are one award, but some are multiple awards, up to 70. See details here. The WDT Foundation Scholarships application opens twice a year. The Summer/Fall Scholarship window is between January 1 - March 31 and the Spring Scholarship window is between August 1 - October 31. All degree-seeking students are eligible to apply for WDT Foundation Scholarships.


The WDT Foundation Scholarships application for the Summer/Fall 2023-2024 is NOW open until March 31st, 2023. Click HERE to apply! The WDT Foundation Scholarship application is a universal application that automatically applies each student to every WDT Foundation Scholarship they are eligible for during the application term. It means that students may be awarded for more than one scholarship. The WDT Foundation awards over $500,000 annually in scholarships.


*Build Dakota Scholarship requires a separate application.* 


Summer/Fall WDT Foundation Scholarships

Alen Sigman Memorial - $250

Beef Bucks - $1,000

Betty Sever - $300

Black Hills Metal Fabricators - $1,000

Bridges Scholarships - $1,000

Brosz Engineering - $1,000

Building Community - $1,000

Caterpillar MineStar – Full-ride scholarship for Autonomous Equipment Technician Program

Craig & Joan Uhre - $1,000

Crazy Horse Memorial - $500 to $2,000 (multiple awards)

eCampus Textbook Scholarship – Varies (multiple awards)

John T. Vucurevich Foundation Nursing - $1,500 to $2,500 (multiple awards)

John T. Vucurevich Foundation (Non-Nursing) - $1,500 to $2,500 (multiple awards)

Dr. Kenneth Gifford Memorial - $1,000 (two awards)

Milton DeBrie Memorial - $500

Montana Dakota Utilities - $1,250 (two awards)

Myron Matusiak Memorial - $1,000

Northern Hills DAV - $1,000 (two awards)

Robbie Ludeman Memorial - $250

SD Education Access Foundation - Varies (multiple awards)

Universal Pediatrics LPN-RN - $1,000 (three awards)

WDT Leadership - $500 (three awards)

William J. Pierce Memorial - $250



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Build Dakota Scholarship Application NOW opens until March 31st, 2023

Click HERE to apply!

Build Dakota Eligible Programs

• Automotive Technology, AAS

• Computer-Aided Design, AAS

• Computer Science, AAS

• Construction Technology, Diploma

• Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Emphasis, AAS

• Dental Assisting, Diploma

• Diesel Technology, AAS

• Diesel - Industrial Maintenance, AAS

• Drafting & Machining Technology, AAS

• Electrical Trades, AAS

• Environmental Engineering Technician (EET), AAS

• EET - Controlled Environment Agriculture, AAS

• HVAC/Refrigeration Technology, AAS

• Medical Laboratory Technician, AAS

• Paramedic, AAS

• Plumbing Technology, Diploma

• Practical Nursing, Diploma

• Precision Machining Technology, Diploma

• Registered Nursing, AAS

• Surgical Technology, AAS

• Welding and Fabrication, AAS & Diploma


What does Build Dakota cover?

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Tools
  • Laptop
  • Uniform and other Program Required Supplies

     For Information & FAQs click here!       

Coming soon!

Application Resources


Scholarship Application and Essay Tips (PowerPoint) - Revised 01/18/2023


Scholarship Interview Tips - Coming soon.


Resources and Tools from the WDTC Library

  • 12Twenty*- access to resume templates, cover letter templates, and job postings looking to hire WDTC students.
    • *Must be a current student to access these pages/resources. Login to your account in MyWDT.
  • Learning Express Library - resources to help prepare you for placement exams and create cover letters and resumes.



Other Resources and Tools


Thank You Template

Important Dates



January 1st, 2023

WDT Foundation Fall Scholarship Application & Build Dakota Scholarship Application Opens


January 31st, 2023 (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Scholarship Information Desk - In front of the WDT Library


February 1th, 2023 (10:40 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.)

Build Dakota Scholarship Information Session - at Central High School, Rapid City


March 31st, 2023

WDT Foundation Fall Scholarship Application & Build Dakota Scholarship Application Closes


3rd Party Scholarships


Western Dakota Tech Foundation maintains a list* of scholarship opportunities that are available from outside agencies and organizations. We encourage you to review the list to see more scholarships that may be available to you.

3rd Party Scholarships Listing**(Excel Document) - Updated 01/27/2023

  • *Western Dakota Tech Foundation does not determine 3rd party scholarship terms and conditions. 
  • **For more information and how to apply for each scholarship, follow their provided URL. 


The U.S. Department of Labor has a FREE Scholarship Search Tool, which you can use to find more scholarships.


Assistant Director of Scholarships

Andrew Kapelewski


Call: 605-718-3061


Scholarship Outreach Specialist

Chutima Supboon


Call: 605-718-3064